By Good News Network Wednesday, May 03, 2006
The Brisbane-based company called Peplin (named for the plant?) claims to have identified the molecule responsible for that activity and formulated a gel and developed a manufacturing technology. Peplin believes the molecule penetrates the skin and destroys the malignant tissue.
The company's managing director and chief executive, Michael Aldridge said, "This is the first time two days of therapy have shown to be effective in clearing skin cancers." Peplin hopes to start phase III trials later this year.
BCC's develop typically on older caucasians with a history of sun exposure. The trials involved 60 people throughout Australia, a country where a quarter million people were treated for such skin cancers in 2002.
Petty spurge is an erect garden weed, a prolific seeder originally native to Europe. It is also naturalized throughout North America.
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